AIM FOR SUCCESS
The article, “5 Things the Most Successful Runners Do Every Day” by Jason Fitzgerald for Competitor.com supports what Earned Runs promotes for all runners. Fitzgerald defines successful runners as those who “have it all together; they’re always healthy, running well and enjoying every moment of their training”.
What this means to me is that a runner, walker, cyclist, or fitness enthusiast is physically comfortable during workouts and without injury, emotionally confident and satisfied with his or her progress, and mentally challenged by a reasonable but exciting goal.
The author says successful runners:
1. Remain consistent and keep a detailed log
2. Warm up dynamically
3. Keep easy days easy
4. Take care to recover
5. Strength train after every run
1. Keeping a log: it’s difficult to identify progress without tracking workouts. A convenient way to strive to improve, remain consistent in your efforts, AND track your work is to use a TRAINING PLAN as a log.
The purpose of a training program is to prepare for a future effort or event, usually 8-16 weeks from the plan's start. At the beginning of the plan the trainee is not physically or mentally capable of that effort. The plan is designed to safely increase the duration and speed of workouts and provide a variety of methods by which this can be accomplished. If you don't wish to keep a separate log let the training plan perform log duty as well. Keep notes about each training session on the paper copy. Whether short or long, record some notations after each session.
2-5. Maintaining workouts at effort levels that do not exceed a runner's current physical capability is the purpose of following a plan. In addition to training intelligently, warming up properly, allowing yourself rest and recovery, and building strength are plan tactics by which an injury prevention strategy is implemented.
Runs are much more comfortable and enjoyable without soreness, stiffness, or worry that a nagging pain will become a sidelining problem.
This is a short and sweet article. Fitzgerald has given us concentrated advice and encouragement that we can use to become successful runners too.
NOTE: Fitzgerald doesn't mention running in a group. There will be more on this topic later in the month.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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